Does Your Psoriatic Arthritis Care Work for You?
5. The psoriasis you see on your skin is still there.
Ask your doctor if there’s a medicine you can put on your skin to help.
6. Certain joints, especially your knees, are still swollen or painful.
You might need a corticosteroid shot to ease inflammation in a specific joint. Physical therapy also helps.
Even if your joints feel less sore, it’s important to keep track of swelling and inflammation. It can mean your joints are being harmed. If the swelling doesn’t go down after you’ve taken your meds for a while, ask your doctor what else you can do to prevent more damage.
7. You have a joint that isn’t improving.
In some cases, your condition can cause extreme joint damage. If this happens to you, your doctor may suggest surgery to repair it.
8. You're depressed.
Psoriatic arthritis and all that comes with it can affect your mood. If you’ve felt down for more than a few weeks, tell your doctor. She can tell you how you can start feeling like yourself again. This may include talking with a professional counselor and, in some cases, taking medicine.
9. Your symptoms go away (called remission).
Your symptoms will come and go, so you may be able to take less medication when you’re feeling better. Ask your doctor about taking a drug holiday. Don't stop taking medication on your own.